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MOSCOW : Confusion on HIV Rule

August 01, 1995

A new law requiring testing for the AIDS virus for all foreigners visiting Russia for three months or more takes effect today. Russian officials, however, appear confused about when and how the law will be implemented.

"We know nothing about how this law will be applied," said Anatoly I. Borisyuk, head of the visa department at the Russian Foreign Ministry, who said there will be no changes until the agency receives instructions.

Russian officials have said that visa applicants will be required in the future to produce a doctor's certificate stating that they do not carry the HIV virus. Foreigners in Russia who tested positive for HIV would be deported.

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